To create hope, you just have to allow it.
Recently, I have witnessed a growing feeling of despair in those around me, an atmosphere where people feel that nothing is going well, that hope seems to be fading. Faced with this observation, I was struck by a realization: in our world dominated by clicks, where we obtain almost everything instantly, where the strength and courage of direct action seem to be diminishing, it there was a crucial need to recreate hope.
In this quest, I felt the need to provide a solution to the thorny problem of hope by a single click. I had to find a way to generate and spread hope, to infuse it into our digital daily lives, to make it accessible and tangible, even in a world where action seems increasingly delegated to simple clicks. . This approach represented a new artistic and human challenge: to create hope, to materialize it in one way or another, to respond to this era of disillusionment.
To me, the solution to this lack of hope on Earth seemed clear: if hope could not be found here, then it must be sought beyond, in the immensity of the universe. I considered that the only way to recreate and distribute hope was to project it towards infinity, to solicit help beyond our planet.
With this in mind, I set up a unique system: sending Internet users’ messages, their desires and their hopes, in the form of radio waves in space, in the hope of a response, ‘an echo back. This initiative is not only a symbolic gesture, but also an act of faith in the immensity and possibilities of the universe. By sending these messages, I am not only spreading hope; I participate in its creation, fueling the idea that somewhere, beyond the stars, an answer could reach us, an answer that could revive hope in humanity.
Send a message of hope into the universe by radio
In 2011, thanks to amateur radio, I had the opportunity to orally broadcast the messages left by Internet users on my website. Among these messages, one of them, that of Alexander Adler, particularly resonated: “We will not get out of this, but not alone.” This message, like the others, was full of emotions and reflections, reflecting the hopes and concerns of those who shared them.
After each broadcast, as a commemoration, I placed a red plaque at the location of the broadcast. Each plaque bore the precise geographical coordinates of the place of emission as well as the message broadcast. Little by little, these red plaques became visual markers across France, appearing on the walls of towns and villages.
Some of these plaques have even acquired special meaning for local residents. For example, in Pouilly Sur Loire, the plaque has become a kind of attraction. People come to touch it, considering it a good luck charm before playing the lottery. This practice illustrates how a project initially designed to spread hope and solidarity can evolve and become integrated into local folklore, becoming part of a community’s culture and history.
Send a message of hope by electromagnetic wave
Faced with waiting for responses to these messages of hope, I decided to change my approach. I replaced radio broadcasting with an even more captivating method: sending messages in the form of light waves. Each message collected on my website was converted into binary code, a digital representation adapted to be transmitted by light.
This process of binary coding transformed words and feelings into sequences of light, impulses sent out into infinite space. It was a more visual and perhaps more poetic way of launching these calls of hope into the universe. The use of light, a universal symbol of hope and guidance, reinforced the symbolic significance of this project. Thus, each message became a shooting star of data, a wish launched into the cosmos, in the hope that one day, somewhere, it might be received and perhaps even responded to.
The observation that companies, even ahead of governments, are often the first to sell us hope, has influenced my artistic approach. In this context, each click of hope on my site does not just symbolize an aspiration; it initiates a tangible act of creation.
At the precise moment when hope is created, I capture this moment in the form of a art photography. But the uniqueness of this work lies not only in the image itself. On the back of each photograph, I integrate a special electronic chip. This chip does not have the sole function of storing digital data; it is designed to physically capture the emotion of hope at the moment of its creation.
The real innovation lies in the way this chip interacts with the blockchain. Connected by radio frequency to the Emochain, it serves to save this physical emotion, not not as a simple digital file, but as an authentic and palpable emotional imprint. Thus, each work becomes a time capsule, a testimony of a moment of hope, perpetuated and made immutable within the blockchain. This approach represents not only a fusion of art and technology, but also a profound reflection on how we preserve and share our most intimate emotions in the digital age.